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A life lesson from my therapist

(18 hours ago)

The best therapist I've ever had is one I still look up to. I suppose I'm pretty lucky to have had such a positive experience starting out in therapy. However, I always wondered how my therapist was so effective in impacting the way I view myself and the world. Truthfully, I often didn’t even know what to expect when I would step into his office for our hour-long appointments. I was always pleasantly surprised after I left, but one would think a sort of structure would aid in a coherent bond between the client-therapist relationship





Why do most Asian students pursue 'practical' majors?

(18 hours ago)

In my first three semesters at Duke, I’ve changed my intended major more than anyone I know. I’ve floated around as any combination of English, Econ, Psychology, CompSci and IDM. Coming in as strongly-undecided but hopeful, I wanted to immerse myself into the humanities, but I knew that ultimately, because of complicated cultural and familial factors, I was going to settle into something practical. As a first-year, I tried to balance these motives by taking Personality Psychology and CompSci 101 in the same semester, Creative Writing and Econ 101 in the next.


On display: Patriotism and partisanship

(18 hours ago)

In the highly orchestrated theater of the fourth impeaching proceedings in the history of the United States, it can be easy to lose the human element that underlies witnesses’ testimony. But on Tuesday, it was impossible to sit in room 1100 of the Longworth Congressional Building without feeling the humanity that infused the testimony of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman. I am currently a PhD candidate, studying animal behavior in the Duke biology department, but in my undergraduate studies I also pursued political science and have maintained an interest in political behavior ever since. As an avid institutionalist, I was moved to attend the impeachment hearings in Washington to witness firsthand the profound Constitutional challenge that is currently unfolding. I chose to time my visit to coincide with Lt. Colonel Vindman’s testimony, as I had long perceived him to be an exemplar of American patriotism. I was not disappointed.




X-Factor: Duke football needs big game from Deon Jackson to keep bowl hopes alive

(9 hours ago)

Coming off a disastrous 49-6 home defeat at the hands of Syracuse, the Blue Devils need to snag a victory over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem this weekend to keep their hopes of going bowling alive. The Blue Zone gives you a key player to watch from each team in Duke’s final road matchup of the season:







Why is a white woman teaching a black feminism writing class?

(18 hours ago)

This year, for first-years taking the Fall 2019 Writing 101 courses, a course called “Black Feminism in Pop Culture” was offered. The course explores topics such as intersectionality, how black women continue to be marginalized today, popular cultural movements like #Blackgirlmagic, and more. What is interesting about this course is that a white woman, Jessica Covil, is teaching this class, which analyzes historical and current issues of race and inequality through a black feminist lens. To understand more about the dynamics of a white woman teaching this course, I contacted Jessica Covil to ask her a few questions about her perspective on teaching and advocating for black feminism.